Location: San Diego, CA
Date: February 1, 2013
Commentators: Josh Matthews, Booker T, and Michael Cole
Welcome to this week’s Smackdown! The show begins with a highlight from last Raw. Paul Heyman was caught working with The Shield and Brad Maddox. Just as Mr. McMahon was about to fire Paul Heyman, Brock Lesnar returned to attack Vince. Also, Alberto Del Rio was taped to the ropes while he and Ricardo Rodriguez were both assaulted.
In the parking lot, Alberto Del Rio waits with a metal pipe. Inside the ring, Booker T is surrounded by Team Hell No, Sheamus, Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler and The Great Khali. Booker says he will take everybody back to the Royal Rumble. John Cena won the match, and will challenge for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania. Booker says everyone is here to determine who the World Heavyweight Champion going into Mania. Booker says they are all here because they are former World Champions. Booker says there are only six spots available. Jack Swagger interrupts.
Jack Swagger says someone was left out of the gathering of World Champions. Swagger gets in the ring. Booker asks where he was. Swagger says he has lived the life of a real American. Jack said he has watched everything, and is disappointed with the direction WWE is going. Swagger wants to be put in the Elimination Chamber Match. Booker T tells him he needs to earn it. Dolph interjects, saying he is Mr. Money in the Bank and has a guaranteed match. Dolph says he can sit back and do nothing, and still have his title match. Dolph says he is going to win the World Championship, especially if the champion is Alberto Del Rio. Dolph leaves with AJ and Big E. Booker pus Ziggler in a match tonight against Del Rio. Booker put everyone in the ring in a match and must prove themselves. Booker says they are going to start off the show against Team Hell No against Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio.
Rey Mysterio makes his way to the ring.
Sin Cara makes his way to the ring. Team Hell No are in the ring.
WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan and Kane) vs. Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara
Mysterio and Kane start off, as Kane backs Rey into the corner. Kane whips Mysterio into the opposite, as Rey connects with a Tilt-a-whirl into a Reverse DDT. Pin, but a kick out. Kane runs to Rey, but Mysterio pulls the ropes down. Kane falls to the floor, as Rey connects with a Baseball Slide. Mysterio jumps off the apron into a Seated Senton. Sin is tagged, as he and Rey kick Kane. Daniel is tagged, as his kicks Cara in the corner. Cara connects with a Handspring Back Elbow. Cara follows with a Springboard Corkscrew Arm Drag. Mysterio is tagged, as he connects with a Seated Senton to Bryan off a Pop Up from Cara. Kane is tagged after Daniel slammed Rey’s chest into his knees. Kane runs in, connecting with an Elbow Drop. Kane attacks Mysterio in the corner, tagging Daniel. Bryan is whipped into the corner, connecting with a Dropkick. Pin, but a kick out. Bryan is tripped onto the ropes, but gets to the floor before the 619.
Daniel stands out of a Hammerlock on Cara, whipping him. Daniel is reversed, but kicks Cara with a boot to the face. Cara connects with an Enziguri. Daniel is seated on the top rope, but pushes Cara off the top. Cara does a backflip, as Bryan connects with a Missile Dropkick. Daniel follows with a Surfboard, tagging Kane. Kane runs the ropes, kicking Cara with a Dropkick. Pin, but a kick out. Kane picks up Cara, connecting with a Sidewalk Slam. Pin, but a kick out. Kane puts Cara on the top rope, but Cara fights back with fists. Kane is kicked, as Cara attempts a Crossbody. Kane catches him, but Cara reverses into a Satellite DDT. Bryan and Mysterio are tagged. Mysterio connects with a Frankensteiner to Bryan into the corner. Daniel sends Rey to the apron, but is taken out with a Seated Senton. Bryan grabs Rey, but is kicked in the head after getting away. Bryan is tripped onto the ropes, but Kane attempts a Chokeslam. Kane is taken out with a Headscissors as he falls to the floor. Rey is locked in the No Lock, as Cara Dropkicks Daniel. Cara follows with a dive onto Kane. Rey sets up for a 619 and connects. Rey follows with a Westcoast Pop for the win.
Winners: Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara via pinfall
A highlight from Royal Rumble is shown, where Alberto Del Rio taped Big Show’s feet in a Last Man Standing Match for the win. On Raw, Show would later tape Del Rio to the ropes attacking him and Ricardo.
Matt Striker attempts to interview Del Rio. Matt says he assumes Del Rio is waiting for Big Show, but Del Rio claims he is only getting fresh air.
The Great Khali makes his way to the ring, with Hornswoggle and Natalya. 3MB is in the ring.
Jinder is taken down with a chop, and is then thrown into the corner for a chop to the chest. Drew gets on the apron, and begins yelling. Jinder takes out the leg of Khali, as Mahal gets in a Front Facelock applied. Khali pushes Jinder off, as he runs the ropes. Mahal is chopped, and kicked with a Big Boot in the corner. Drew gets on the apron again, and begins gesturing to Natalya. Khali chops Drew, as he falls to the ring. Heath attempts the same, but is chased under the ring by Hornswoggle. Khali connects with a Punjabi Plunge for the win.
Winner: The Great Khali via pinfall
Booker T and Teddy Long are talking backstage about Jack Swagger’s return. Rhodes Scholars say they have decided to dissolve the Rhodes Scholars, and do singles competition. Damien says they are still best friends and quotes Albert Camus. Sandow says “Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend,” as they hug it out. Booker says he is glad, and will put Damien in a match against Sheamus. Rhodes says he will be with Sandow in spirit. Booker says they went from Rhodes Scholars to Road Kill. Booker then tells Sandow “You’re Welcome.”
A highlight from Raw is shown. Paul Heyman has his performance report, as Vince questions Heyman’s involvement with The Shield and Brad Maddox. Heyman is shown footage of him talking of hiring Brad Maddox and The Shield. Maddox is then attacked by The Shield. Just as Vince is about to fire Paul, Brock Lesnar makes his return. Lesnar then attacks McMahon with an F5. In a WWE.com Exclusive, Vince was taken to the back on a stretcher.
Del Rio is in the parking lot, still pacing around.
A highlight from Royal Rumble is shown, as he wins the Royal Rumble Match. On Raw, Cena challenged whomever the WWE Champion will be. The Shield came out and attack Cena. Sheamus came out for a save, but was taken out. Ryback came out, and he was taken out as well. They finish with a Powerbomb to Cena.
Sheamus makes his way to the ring. Damien Sandow makes his way to the ring.
Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow
Damien kicks Sheamus into the corner, wit many boots to the gut. Sheamus trips Sandow, and puts him in the corner for a few punches. Sandow is whipped, but goes to the floor. Sheamus follows, attempting to throw him in the ring. Sandow gets away from Sheamus, getting in the ring first. Sheamus is greeted with knees and kicks. Sandow reverses a whip, and connects with a Russian Legsweep. Damien follows with an Elbow of Distain. Pin, but a kick out. Sandow throws many kicks, but is taken out in the corner. Sheamus is shouldered in the gut, and attacked in the corner. Sandow is shipped into the opposite corner, and is shouldered in the gut. Sandow is then kneed in the face. Sandow is put in White Noise, but gets on the apron. Damien has his chest attacked, but The Shield interrupt.
Winner: Sheamus via disqualification
Seth is hit with a Brouge Kick. Reigns is taken to the floor, as Ambrose locks his arms around Sheamus’ legs. Roman attacks Sheamus’ chest. The Shield collect themselves, and connect with a Triple Powerbomb.
Randy Orton makes his way to the ring. Wade Barrett makes his way to the ring.
Randy Orton vs. WWE Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett
Wade goes for a Lariat, but Orton whips him from the corner. Orton takes out Barrett with a Lariat, followed by a Dropkick. Barrett rolls to the floor. Wade gets back in the ring. Orton is kneed in the gut, and punched to the corner. Wade is punched, then whipped. Orton is kicked in the chest, followed by a Big Boot. Pin, but a kick out. Wade connects with a Neckbreaker. Barrett chokes Orton on the ropes with his knees. Orton is seated on the second rope, and is kneed in the face. Wade follows with a Big Boot as Orton falls to the apron. Pin, but a kick out. Barrett locks in a Headlock. Orton stands out, connecting with a Snapmare. Barrett is taken out with Lariat, followed by a Scoop Slam. Wade is put on the apron, but gets away. Orton follows to the floor, and is pushed into the ring post. Barrett goes for the Bull Hammer, but misses and hits the ring post. Orton puts Barrett on the apron, and connects with a Rope Hung DDT. Orton connects with the RKO for the win.
Winner: Randy Orton via pinfall
Wade Barrett is being interview by Matt Striker, but sees Bo Dallas backstage. Wade attacks him from behind, leaving him on the floor.
Kofi Kingston makes his way to the ring. Jack Swagger makes his way to the ring.
Jack Swagger vs. Kofi Kingston
Jack takes Kofi down, connecting with a Body Slam. Jack pushes Kofi into the corner, but is kicked out. Kofi runs the ropes, but is taken out with a shoulder. Jack runs the ropes, but is taken out with a Back Elbow. Jack kicks Kofi from the corner, throwing Kingston across the ring. Swagger stands on Kofi’s chest, following with a RW and B Bomb. Pin, but a kick out. Swagger puts Kingston in the corner, clubbing his back. Kofi attempts to fight back, but is thrown again. Jack chokes Kofi against the ropes. Kofi throws punches to the gut, and is whipped to the corner. Kofi connects with a Springboard Crossbody. Pin, but a kick out. Swagger connects with a Lariat. Swagger connects with an Arm Bar, as Kingston stands out. Jack does an Arm Takeover, locking in another Arm Bar. Kingston stands out, throwing punches. Jack throws knees in the gut to Kofi. Kingston reverses into a Monkey Flip to Kingston. Kofi throws running chops to the chest. Kofi connects with a Dropkick. Kofi follows with a Boom Drop. Kingston calls for a Trouble in Paradise, but Swagger catches him and throws him into the corner. Kingston connects with a Pendulum Kick as Swagger goes to the floor. Kofi misses with a Baseball Slide. Kofi is thrown to the steps, but jumps over them. Kingston then dives off with a Lariat off the steps. Kofi goes for a Trouble in Paradise, but misses and kicks the announce table. Kofi is thrown back in the ring, and locked in an Ankle Lock.
Winner: Jack Swagger via submission
Del Rio is in the parking lot, being calmed by security. Del Rio tells them to leave, as Big Show’s tour bus pulls up. Del Rio hides, as Show gets off. Del Rio then charges at him with a metal pipe. Del Rio keeps missing, breaking with windows of a car in front of them. Show climbs on the car, but has his legs sweeped out from under him. Del Rio gets on top of him, throwing punches. Show tries to run, but Show gets into another car and speeds off.
A highlight from Raw is shown, where CM Punk says to the Rock that he made the WWE Championship prestige. The Rock says if Punk had any nuts between his legs, he would come and take it. Punk says he doesn’t do things on Rock’s terms, and will grant Rock a rematch.
Dolph Ziggler makes his way to the ring.
Alberto Del Rio is speaking backstage to Ricardo, saying he needs to stay back because he is injured.
Alberto Del Rio makes his way to the ring.
World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Mr. Money in the Bank Dolph Ziggler w/ AJ and Big E Langston
They lock up, as Ziggler gets the arm of Del Rio. Alberto reverses into an Arm Bar to Ziggler. Dolph kicks the leg of Del Rio, punching him to the corner. Del Rio throws kicks, following with a Body Slam. Del Rio misses with a Moonsault, but throws Dolph up with a Pop Up. Dolph is kicked in the head. Pin, but a kick out. Del Rio runs to Ziggler, but hits the ring post shoulder first. Dolph connects with a Jumping DDT. Dolph connects with a Neckbreaker and pins. Kick out. Dolph connects with an Elbow Drop. Pin, but a kick out. Dolph locks in a Headlock. Del Rio stands out, throwing Ziggler against the ropes. Dolph connects with a kick to Del Rio, but is hit with a German Suplex. Del Rio kicks Ziggler in the back. Del Rio goes top rope, as AJ distracts the ref. Big E pushes Del Rio off the top. Dolph pins, but a kick out. Ziggler whips Del Rio, as he kicks Big E on the outside. Ziggler is hit with a Flapjack, as Big E tried to get in the ring. Big E is ejected from ring side.
Ziggler is kicked in the gut, and the leg. Ziggler connects with a Dropkick. Pin, but a kick out. Dolph goes top rope, but Del Rio takes out the legs. Del Rio kicks Ziggler in the head, and climbs to the top rope. Del Rio connects with a Superplex to Ziggler. Ziggler and Del Rio trade punches and kicks in the middle of the ring. Ziggler takes it to the corner, missing with a splash. Del Rio connect with a Lariat, followed by a Tilt-a-whirl Backbreaker. Del Rio connects with a kick to Ziggler’s jaw. Pin, but a kick out. Del Rio calls for the Cross Armbreaker, but Ziggler connects with Leg Lariat. Pin, but a kick out. Ziggler is whipped into the corner, and goes to kick Del Rio. Ziggler has his legs thrown to the apron, and is hit with a Backstabber. Pin, but a kick out. Del Rio goes top rope, jumping to Ziggler but is hit with a Dropkick. Ziggler goes for the Zig Zag, but is locked into the Cross Armbreaker. Ziggler taps.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio via submission
Big Show shows up on the Titantron, saying he is back in the building. Show has Ricardo with him. Show tells Del Rio to get back in the ring. Show says if he ever attack him again, he will make Del Rio sorry he woke up the day. Ricardo begins begging, as Show makes fun of him. Show says he is going to let Ricardo go, but knocks him out. Del Rio runs backstage to Ricardo.